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Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish

One of the things that most people don’t know about me is that I am bilingual.  I attended a French immersion school when I was a child, and while I don’t use it very much, it has been useful a few times in my life.  So, I thought that I would try learning Spanish as a third language.

I decided that I would use Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish as it seemed to be the easiest product on the market.  It was a proven system that used immersion to teach the language skills that I would be developing.  I wanted to be able to have a conversation where I didn’t sound like I just learned travel Spanish.

Now that I am a few weeks into my training, I see that it is going to take me some time to learn this language.  Thankfully, it has come easy to me so far since I know French.  When I am done learning this one, maybe I will have to try another – something a little more exotic.

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November 21, 20140 comments
Hiking in Fall Colors

Hiking in Fall Colors

fall hiking trail

I love hiking at this time of year.  My allergies are just about gone, the bugs are too, and all you are left with is hiking through a glorious canvas of color.  Out here the fall is not so cold that you need to wear a big coat, so you can enjoy the walk without having to bundle up.

I took the dog and the camera out on our walk and we had a lot of fun.  We played fetch, and I was able to take a lot of nice pictures.

It was a wonderful day, and while I am dreading winter coming, I will love spending as much time as I can outside before the snow comes.

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September 29, 20141 comment
Trying Out Windows Live Writer

Trying Out Windows Live Writer

When it comes to blogging for this site, I really struggle with the blogging interface of WordPress online.  I guess I am more used to using Microsoft Word and other desktop programs.  So, I have decided to try using Windows Live Writer.

What I love about the program is that it works just like desktop word processing software and it makes it easier for me to actually write my posts.  So far, I have been really happy with it, and I am writing this blog post with it right now.

Unfortunately it is not being updated anymore, but there are some rumors that they might make it open source.  Hopefully they do – as it makes it easier for me and other bloggers to write online.

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September 24, 20140 comments
Raking Up the Leaves

Raking Up the Leaves

This year I have decided to be more proactive about my fall yardwork.  For the last couple of years, I haven’t got around to raking up the leaves before the snow falls, so this year I am starting early so that I can get it done this time.  I bought a new rake to get it done quicker than I did the last time I tried to do it.

I have to take it easy while doing it due to my back injury.  But I think that I  will rope some of the kids down the street to help me with it – hopefully we will get it done in no time.

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September 12, 20140 comments
Looking forward to the Walking Dead

Looking forward to the Walking Dead

I can’t believe it is the fall already.  School is back in full swing, and it is just about time for some of my favorite television shows to start over again.

I am really looking forward to the return of the Walking Dead.  I have been watching the show religiously since the first season, and I really can’t wait to see where the group ends up after what happened at Terminus at the end of the last season.

To see what I am talking about, take a look at the following trailer:

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September 10, 20140 comments
Having a Weiner Roast

Having a Weiner Roast

One of the things that I love the most about summer is being outdoors.  Specifically, I am a big fan of camping.  We used to do a lot of it when we were children, and I still love going camping as an adult.

So today we went out to the lake to have a picnic.  It isn’t that far from our house, and since we bought a park pass, it is cheap entertainment.  We had some hot dogs roasted on the fire, and some roasted marshmallows.  It was the perfect day for a picnic, and I was there with some great company.

It is too bad there isn’t much summer left.

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August 24, 20140 comments
Driving Across America in The Crew

Driving Across America in The Crew

I recently had the opportunity to be selected to play The Crew beta.  If you are not familiar with this game, it is a driving game MMO where you build a custom car, do quests to get better parts, and it takes place in the United States.  It is an open world, and you can go anywhere you can drive.

This will be one of those games that I will be buying when it comes out, and I look forward to spending many hours racing from the comfort of my own home.

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August 21, 20140 comments
Going to the Zoo

Going to the Zoo

Taking my nieces and nephew to the zoo is one of the things that I love to do with them.  We usually go there a few times during the summer months and we make a day of it.  We walk around to all of the exhibits to see all the new animals, have a picnic, and play at the park.

By the end of the day we are tired, but we have a lot of fun.

It makes me think of this song that is still stuck in my head from when I was a child:

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August 5, 20140 comments
Spotted Wildlife on a Hike Today

Spotted Wildlife on a Hike Today

deer in the woods Since I had the day off of work, I decided to take my dog out for a hike in the woods.  We go from time to time to get a break from the busy-ness of the city.  So, we hopped in the car and left early this morning.

I was happy to see that our trip resulted in the opportunity to take some pictures.  I took my Nikon digital camera with my so that I could snap a couple of pictures to put up on my Facebook page.

Little did I know that I would see these deer.

So, I took quite a few photos today, and here is one of them – I hope you like it.

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August 1, 20140 comments
Another Day is Done

Another Day is Done

It is hard to believe how fast summer is going this year.  It seems like just yesterday the kids were getting out of school when in fact it has been just about three weeks.

It is crazy.

But I do love the fact that we have been spending the days down at the beach, playing in the sand and having fun.  The whole point of summer is relaxing and hanging out with your kids, and that is what I have been doing.

Just a closing thought: sunsets are so beautiful.

sunset

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July 20, 20141 comment